Everton and West Ham United kick off the Premier League’s New Year’s Day offering, as they clash at Goodison Park in their first fixture of 2021. Toffees supporters will hope for better luck after the last-minute postponement of their game against Manchester City, while the visitors are looking to reestablish some momentum following a festive blip.
Where and when: Goodison Park – 1 January, kick-off 17:30
Where you can see Everton vs. West Ham: BT Sport
Last time: Dominic Calvert-Lewin bagged a hat-trick as Everton thrashed West Ham 4-1 in the League Cup at the end of September.
Everton v West Ham Predictions and Preview
Everton have enjoyed plenty of success against West Ham across their most recent meetings, winning three of their last four matches against the Hammers, and drawing the other in London. The Toffees are also enjoying a fine season at the turn of the year, although their most recent fixture was far from a success.
Two thousand Everton fans were left with the bitter disappointment of the late postponement of their game against Man City, with the perils of Covid-19 striking once more. Hopefully there aren’t any new restrictions or something else which affects this match and the chance for a limited number of supporters to see some live action.
If the stands are blessed with home support, it will only be a boost for Everton. The Toffees have been doing well in empty stadiums across the land this season though. Carlo Ancelotti’s side enter this game in the top four and on the back of a four-match winning run in the Premier League.
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Everton to win and BTTS
Everton to win 3-1
Calvert-Lewin to score first
The home team are the clear favourites in this Everton v West Ham preview, priced at evens in the latest odds for the game. The Toffees have scored nine goals in their last four matches against the Hammers, conceding only two at the other end.
Scoring enough goals has proven problematic for West Ham in recent weeks, as David Moyes searches for a solution to the absence of Michail Antonio. The pacy forward could be available for this game, but Arthur Masuaku remains sidelined due to a knee injury.
If Antonio is fit, West Ham’s odds of 3/1 will start to look a little tastier. However, given they went three games without a win prior to their trip to Southampton on Tuesday, a draw may be all the visitors can hope for. Considering Everton’s form at the moment, that would surely be seen as a great result for West Ham, and it’s priced at 5/2 with William Hill.
One to watch for Everton: Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been excellent so far this season and has scored four goals in his last two games against West Ham. He is the 7/2 favourite open the scoring in this game.
One to watch for West Ham: Irons striker Sebastien Haller scored one of the goals of the season with an acrobatic overhead kick in December. Showcasing his ability to take the breath away, he is 15/2 to break the deadlock here.
Long shot: A repeat of the Toffees’ 4-1 victory the last time these teams met is priced at 45/1 in these Everton v West Ham predictions. With Calvert-Lewin getting the first goal, those odds rise to a mouthwatering 142/1.